Bangladesh cricket team finished the first stage of their fitness and conditioning camp in Dhaka on Wednesday. The Tigers' next phase of training will start in Chittagong from Saturday where the Bangladesh cricketers will also play two practice matches.
The fitness camp started on July 10 after a much needed 24-day break following the 2017 Champions Trophy.
The country’s top players have been occupied with both international and domestic cricket since last September, contesting seven Test matches, 20 ODIs and five T20Is, while this period also saw the cricketers play a minimum of 12 games in the BPL T20.
A total of 30 players took part in the fitness camp.
During training, a pace bowling camp, under the guidance of Tigers pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh was also conducted.
Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said the fitness camp proved to be useful for the cricketers after continuous cricket action in the last year or so.
Now the team are focusing on skill and playing practice matches ahead of the Australia Tests.
“The main focus was to get some fitness components into the system. We were playing cricket non-stop from the Afghanistan series. Boys didn’t have time to concentrate on their fitness. We got a good break so we started with fitness. Now main focus is on skills. Mark O'Neill is doing the technical base work with the batters. He is working with the tail-enders as well,” Hathurusingha told the media on Wednesday in Mirpur.
“We have a high intensity session in the first day, a lighter session the next day and then a medium session on Monday. Tuesday is rest day. We start a match on Wednesday, which again is high intensity. Basically we are going from physical fitness to getting into cricket phase, then competition phase. Then we will come back to Dhaka and train specifically for Australia series,” he said.
There are some young and uncapped players who participated in the camp.
Hathurusingha believes such high intensity training will help the young players to understand the level of toughness needed in order to compete for a spot in the national team squad.
“We are looking at the bigger picture so we have involved 20-odd players. Our main focus is up to the 2019 World Cup, at least for me. All these guys have to get used to playing and training in high intensity. When they train in local cricket, the intensity level and quality of training are not that [inaudible]. By training with the national players, they can see what the challenges ahead are to break into the team,” he said.
“It is about expanding our pool if we need, or someone puts his hand up and says 'pick me, I am good enough'. We don’t want anyone to take their place for granted,” he concluded.